Now that I think about it, Planetary would have been even better if nobody in the organization had had powers. Or rather, to be more precise, if they had earned/stumbled upon their skills in some way (say, the Drummer was a hobbyist SETI researcher who played one too many intimate games with what ended up being an alien information probe, Snow has no cryo powers, and survives thanks to some stuff he found implied in Holmes' notes and Frankenstein's later research, etc).
As it stands, one of Planetary's implied messages seems to be: Good people have their powers because they inherited or were otherwise forced to accept them (from experimented-upon parents, being a mystical Century Baby or a children of one, somebody bad experimented on them, etc). Bad people want to get powers/special knowledge/etc.
Then I guess I'm a bad guy, because I wasn't born on any significant date and the informational substrate of reality or whatever doesn't have any special plans for me, yet I wouldn't mind living somewhat longer and knowing a bit more.
Nb. I'm not saying this is how Ellis views things --- it's hard to imagine the author of Transmetropolitan thinking like that --- and it was all arguably just a way to leverage already existing canon in the Wildstorm universe.
Still, it's a shame that Doc Brass' ancestors were evil because they wanted to improve, and he's not, although he has acquired gifts and skills by leaps and bounds, because he was born on Jan 1st, 1900 so he's supposed to. I'd like him more if he had been born in any other day, and I'd like Planetary even more (and it's my favorite comic series, so that's saying something) if date of birth and parentage hadn't played such a big role.