Module::Starter has a good pass record, good reviews, a fairly small bug list and is comfortingly unambitious. What is there not to like? I wasn't complaining about Module::Starter per se but rather that modules that have not been derived from it.
I had a very brief look at Dist::Zilla. It fails to sell itself to me (perhaps they need to hire a copywriter). In particular it clearly attempts to be a much more comprehensive system than Module::Starter. If they succeed this is of course a virtue, but I am just left with an aching feeling that is bound to incompatible with me somewhere.
My approach at the moment is to identify where I am wasting time and find a solution - one problem at a time. I'm happy to write or partly write some stuff myself, but obviously I come to CPAN first. One problem at a time seems a more robust approach than trying to find a one stop shop.