I think this class frontloads too much power, and isn't really clever. Thematically, the judgmental inquisitor archetype gets changed to...a judgmental inquisitor. Only the mechanics change, and not enough to jsutify a new archetype. Moreover, the changes are really based on one ability that all other inquisitors get later. In addition to having balance issues, it's just not exciting or clever.
And then there's the styles issues. I feel we are sometimes told "have an awesome core concept", and then told "Superstars don't have to choose - you can get it all right" and then told "You have to submit an entry as if it's a proferssional audition for work. An unprofessional entry isn't superstar". Balancing these facotrs can be a little subjective, and can be tricky when evaluating so many entries, but I think this one is a case where the author doesn't even proofread the entry or evaulate the styles of Paizo and Pathfinder terminology. It's egregious enough to cost my vote even if there weren't other, huge issues with the class.
I've never actually played an inquisitor, but I've seen some through the course of playing and they've been decent but didn't seem incredibly powerful. When looking at the spells that the Inquisitor gets in order to make a valid decision on the archetypes round, I really liked the forced repentance spell and thought it could be the definitive spell of the class. Seems to me that Inquisitors in general are people who force confessions from supposed heretics and here's a spell that did just that. Except, it was a fourth level spell. No wonder I'd never seen it played - despite the defense from Russ Taylor, it is one of the weakest 4th level spells I've ever seen. I would never take it and I've never seen someone who has. It's extremely limited in application and just about anything can stop it from working. And yet, it's the most flavorful spell that an Inquisitor can use. It's the best RP spell in the book.
Truthfully, some of the criticisms I just don't get. I thought Monster Knowledge Check was pretty standard wording for when you make a knowledge check ... on a monster. But maybe that's just in my circles, I don't know. Maybe I don't know enough about correct terminology to be a good contributor to the competition.
But at least I know enough to know that the judges may be giving voters incorrect information, probably though misunderstanding, that may be making this submission seem more overpowered than it is.
At 5th level, the Denouncer is going to have 5 shots at inflicting forced repentance on the toughest opponent each day.
But from my understanding, at 5th level, the Inquisitor would be half his class level (therefore TWO) shots at inflicting forced repentance on the toughest opponent each day. And that's IF the toughest opponent is evil and IF he doesn't have the evil subtype and IF he can be affected by mind-affecting and it breaks if the next person to go hits the toughest opponent or if the Inquisitor loses line of sight (which could be accomplished by a freaking smokestick but also by invis, blindness, unconcious, etc.).
I really just don't see the frontloading of the power. I see it as fixing an awesome spell. Guess that's not Superstar, though.