There are plenty of folks who'd argue that CrossGen wasn't original at all. The idea of the sigil that grants you power is a pretty timeless one, with many antecedents. The power ring from Green Lantern, the Lensman series, the sword of power Excalibur, blah blah blah.
Danik was a trickster god like Loki. the Greek Gods intervened in mortal affairs and created champions all the time. none of this shit is new, and that's okay, because these stories speak to timeless values and life lessons, as silly and spandex-clad as they are wont to be.