The long-anticipated DC Universe Online launches today, an MMORPG that will doubtlessly bring the characters and mythology of the DC Comics universe to an audience much broader than its devoted fanbase. We've played the Beta, and while we can affirm that it's very easy to pick up without preexisting knowledge of DC Comics, there are mountains of references and nods to DCU goodness that may leave a lot of gamers wanting to know more.

But where's a new reader coming straight out of the game supposed to begin? How about with the reading list of DC graphic novels Sony recommended to the DC Universe Online staff as they were preparing to make the game? If it was good enough to get them ready to make the game, it's good enough to get you ready to play it. We've got all five pages of the recommended reading list after the jump.

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