Marvel will release a new comic book to public libraries designed to help children learn to manage money. The story, entitled "Rocket's Powerful Plan" stars the Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Reuters, the story, sponsored by Visa, focuses on the Guardians receiving a payment for destroying harmful robots, which Rocket suggests saving.
"The challenge was to create a fun, action-packed story while also including a lesson on personal finance," said Marvel editor Darren Sanchez. "Trying to squeeze educational information into a story can be tough, especially with a topic like money management. To make it work you have to be careful not to overwhelm the story."
"We wanted simple messages that kids could latch on to and take out of it, like saving for a rainy day," said Hugh Norton, Visa's head of financial education. "Issues like emergency savings are extremely important, and something we can drill into kids from an early age."
"Rocket's Powerful Plan" will be translated into eight languages, and in addition to the comic book story, will feature a variety of activities designed to teach children about finances, which reportedly rates as the third most difficult topic to address with children, just behind death and sex.