I'm not necessarily into that kind of story-jarring note, but I do think that it represents a perspective that shouldn't have been lost. The modern indifference to bystanders, and the trend that deaths and danger are only relevant when they're to named characters - that superhero comics are a war between capes and masks, rather than capes protecting uninvolved third parties from masks - strikes me as creating a far more morally unimpressive and totally unheroic atmosphere than Spidey not caring that the Punisher's a killer.
Oh, SO much motto.
It really bothers me when "heroes" do as much (or even more) collateral damage than the villains. It's the main reason I refused to watch the G.I. Joe movie, despite the fact that I usually enjoy mindless Summer flicks.
I later heard that G.I. Joe is stupid even for a mindless Summer flick, so apparently I didn't miss out ^_^