I'm with you. I do pick up the Ultimates but really haven't caught up on my "to be read" pile.
Bendis IMO is doing much better with Ben lately except when he leans too heavy in trying to make a NYC accent with him using "dem" instead of "them" I wonder if Ben and Doom are going have to team up against the Maker and "Cynthia". I think Victor tripped her up with that remark about sacrificing frogs when the flashback showed a rabbit.
I'm sure Doom did but still didn't find out Cynthia's true identity. Annoying. Maybe next issue. I can see a team up coming between the Thing and Doom, as well.
And, I do agree Ben is being written much better by Bendis this time around except for the street speak at times. Seems much more respected.