I bought the first three issues of Doc Frankenstein, and having read them, I've decided not to continue reading the series.
I was attracted to Doc Frankenstein by the Wachowski Brothers, who are billed as the writers, as well as by the Frankenstein concept. Lots of people feel a special attraction to Dracula or vampires in general; I have that some feeling towards the Frankenstein story and its variations.
The story is illustrated with many beautiful panoramic scenes, such as the one I've reproduced here. The panels show great attention to detail, especially in the depiction of machinary. There are several two-page spreads in the series with imaginative viewpoints that certainly make a strong impression. What the drawings don't seem to do, however, is tell a story. Which might be okay, if only the script did a better job of moving the story forward.
I was intrigued by the brief few pages where Doc Frankenstein appeared as a lawmen in the Western United States. But before the idea could take off, the story had already moved to another time period and another set of interesting but poorly developed ideas.
Although I'm not by any stretch a defender of organized religion, the anti-religious venom of the series is so over the top as to appear farcical, which I doubt was the author's real intent. I found myself giggling uneasily through issue #2, the way one does when a movie attempting to be serious comes off badly.
Perhaps film would be a more forgiving medium for Doc Frankenstein; an actor's forceful personality might be able to carry the weak story. I actually lost track of the plot thread for several pages at one point, unable to piece together transitions or narrative sequence from the visually-engaging but mute panels on the page.
The nice thing about a series is it gives you time to clean up your act. I like most of what the Wachowski Brothers have done, so I'll probably check back with Doc Frankenstein a year from now and see if it's improved.