The darker version had more of an immediate impact with me, but after looking at both, I do like this version more . . . the only thing I miss is the darker color behind her head, it just made the figure more powerful - ? - expressive? - at first glance.
I think losing the thing around the neck was good, and adding the flow of her skirt looks better... and her hair is somehow more appealing... but in all honesty, I liked the dark sky behind her, with the moon like a bright eye watching her... it made it more... I dunno. Mysterious and dramatic.