Sure, you can say they may be more skilled, but he is more powerful.
Also, I am not quite sure you can say his skills suck. He had an even one on one match with Byakuya, with both of them using shunpo and sword skill. The far more experienced Renji plainly couldn't do that.
And chapter's out.
I am liking this arc. Maruri's Maryuri. Yamamoto is Yamamoto. And new bad guy may be older than I thought.