oh yes, you´re rright.. the sketch is really way better! i do appreciate that a lot of work went into the final versions, but they lack this tension and it totally looks like you´re not familiar(which means also comfy) with watercolor.
this one tho... the natural poses of the people here convey so much... authenticy! the light is much more dramatic, which fits the sinister mood and the message! i could go on... but surely you know some of it yourself.
hope you don´t mind me saying: this one should have been the DD ;D