Our lives are chockablock with choices. Mac or PC? Red wine or white? Ginger or Mary Ann?
Urgent stuff like that.
But what if you found yourself staring into the face of a force so powerful and so malign that the very civilization humanity holds dear was at risk? For generations of comic book readers, this was the stuff that had their favorite superheros flying--or running very fast--to the rescue. And with The Green Lantern and Thor finally making their big-screen debuts this summer, superheros are again a hot topic of conversation.
But not all superheros are created equal, and besides, there are lots to choose from.
Let's make it more interesting: Let's say you had one call to make to summon a superhero to save the Earth from the clutches of a giant, gamma ray-shooting alien. Time to send out that SOS now. So who would it be?
We've assembled our fave picks in the accompanying gallery. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.
This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.