My hammock gear is simpler and faster to set up than tent gear, and I have had lots of nice tents. Two trees, two ropes, two biners for the under quilt, if expecting rain add a tarp ridgeline . No more fiddling trying to determine if the ground is flat and if my head is pointed up hill, no need for a pillow, no messing with a air pad, no more condensation and having to dry everything out in the morning. Some of this gear can seem confusing but that is only because like many hobbies people will get extreme about saving three ounces, and in the process add 3 more unnecessary connections.
As for widowmakers they could care less whether you were in a tent or a hammock. If a hammock can bring down a tree then that tree would not survive any wind at all. Healthy trees are fine.