I'm enjoying the current Ultimates and the way that America is falling to pieces - not because I've anything against America but because for a while the Ultimate line was being a pale copy of the 616 and if you are going to have another Universe you might as well do things a little differently and it's nice to see a world where things don't return to the status quo at the end of a story.
Yes, likewise. There's an undercurrent of panic and exhaustion. Sure, it's gratuitously violent at times (in a way that doesn't serve story or character--see my earlier comment on Ultimate Avengers), but the broken world is very compelling. More BSG than Star Trek: TNG.