i am fortunate enough that i get to play with big ideas every day on my job, so it helps to brainstorm about new entertainment possibilities.
final crisis probably had me thinking about the elevation of the Panther to explicit god status (the process currently happening for the dc heroes)
obsidian age (jla) shaped my idea about the earlier sorcerer panther
i have some vague intuition that the simultaneous consciousness thing is rooted in my watching babylon 5 a few years ago
Your question makes me wonder how my imagination works ... is it representative of how human imagination works generally ... and brings me back to a question i grapple with regularly -- at the intersection of reason, emotion, intuition, and logic, what is the limit of psychic possibility for human beings?