And they could have actually answered the Simone question and spun it in their own favor--"We believe it is important to listen to our fans, so of course we brought Gail back." Dodging it just makes them look worse.
Bring back the old numbering, come on, or do you guys want to go down in history as the jerks who eventually rob detective comics out of a #1000 issue landmark.
Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Plus other series have reached a 1000th issue before, it's just that they aren't as well known.
It doesn't matter what the writer, artist, or editor had in mind when they created it, or what they said in an interview;
all that matters is what is on the page.