"The issue with systemd: it reeks of a solution looking for a problem."
I dunno - I've rolled a bunch of stuff using daemontools, a bunch of stuff using other daemonisation techniques and a nasty complicated dependency tracking system on top of that - it's complex, but it works.
If there's a standard tool doing a significant part of that heavy lifting across all the linuxes, that's a big win in my book. I buy some of the "it's too complex" argument, but not enough to overthrow the benefits of being a standard part of my installs.
Which leaves security exposure, and that's an interesting question... but assuming it's not really awful, its ubiquity should get more eyes and more fixes than running something rare.