o^____^o Aaah I'm so happy you like himm haha! He's a poor lad who was initially a courier pilot--who then enlisted into the war effort as a fighter pilot... Which isn't quite as glorious as he might have initially expected... I got a little bio on him heereee!: [link]
Very interesting difference. I am a fan of the new one though. It looks as though its less "improvement" as it it just changing your style of drawing. I'm not seeing the connection between the two characters really other than maybe the goggles. Still two excellent drawings nonetheless. Good work!